Happy Holidays – Thank You From RideApart

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Happy Holidays

To all of our readers —the ones who have been with us from the beginning, and the ones who have recently discovered us —we want to thank you for returning to the site daily and for helping us continue to push the boundaries for what’s possible with this website.

Our goal to bring you stories about motorcycling that are different than what you read everywhere else online is something we strive toward daily with a great deal of thought and purpose. We value this above all else because expanding the sport and keeping the conversation going is why we are all here in the first place.

We thank you for your passion, for all of the experience and knowledge you’ve shared with fellow readers and for the many times you’ve thought something we did was actually cool enough to share with your friends.

As always, this site is as much yours as it is ours and we look forward to continuing to hear from you about stories you’d like to see, tools that would make your experience richer and to let us know when we get things right. Email us anytime at: story@rideapart.com, or reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook or in the comments section of the website.

We’ve got a lot more goodness in store for you in 2014.

Happy Holidays!

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  • Brian

    1 tool/option I’d like to see in 2014, at the bottom of each page( or perhaps underneath each header at the top), is the option to go to the previous or next story like an arrow key. It is nice to have the related story links, but sometimes I know there are say 3-5 new things on the page since my last visit, I will go to the oldest first and move my way forward. It would be much easier to go direct from story to story that way than to have to go back to the home page and let it reload and then choose the next story to go to. Just my .02 for what it is worth. Happy Holidays to the HFL/RA group. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2014.

    • Michael Howard

      +1. Many times I will pass over a headline/link if it doesn’t sound interesting. Yet, when using Next and Previous links to go through stories in succession, I end up reading something I otherwise wouldn’t. I imagine this would also result in more page hits. ;)

  • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

    As one of those pesky Web Design / Usability guys, I’ll add my 2₵.

    Previous / next article links at the bottom would rock.

    Datestamps on the “you might also like” articles. While I did jump to a ‘news’ bit from the early days of HFL, and I enjoyed the laugh, some forewarning might do users well. Especially if they are looking for older, related articles on a subject.

    Regardless. Happy Holidays, and you all rock (bring back the HFL store, some of us need more Dolly Deathsheep stickers for the helmets under the tree).

  • Nathan

    I discovered Ride Apart this past spring after a co-worker convince me to buy a bike so we could ride together. After a 6 year hiatus I realized my passion for two wheels was even stronger now and to much delight of my wife I’m happier now. I referenced Ride Apart articles all the time to my co-worker and just want to thank you for all the articles. It’s my go to website everyday, after Facebook.

  • Jack Meoph

    I enjoyed HFL, and some people flipped when it was “acquired”, but Ride Apart does not disappoint. A bit weird in the censoring of posts, as this is a site for adults, but that’s corporate for you. So Merry Xmas and more good fortune in the New Year to the folks at Ride Apart who bring us this enjoyable motorcycle related content. cheers!

    • Jorn Bjorn Jorvi

      Censoring comes from disqus, not from rideapart. Rideapart has to approve every censored post but I’ve never had anything denied. Granted, I’ve never seen the need to get too vulgar in the comment section of a moto website.

  • Spencer

    I started watching your videos, way back when you still made them :-( and have been on the website daily ever since. Love you guys. Thanks for helping me kill time and learn a little here and there.

  • sharper86

    The recent changes made to the mobile website may be relatively small compared to the transition from HFL to RA, but it made the mobile experience a lot better. Now RA is my most visited site on both my laptop and phone.

  • Clint Keener

    Love you guys, but PLEASE get a template that looks nice. Please. (I thought the hodge podge would only last a few weeks while the site was getting ironed out.)

    • http://www.RideApart.com/ Jen Degtjarewsky

      We’ve got it in process for 2014. Can’t wait for you to see it!

      • Clint Keener

        Thank you! haha

  • Paolo

    As soon as I type an “r” on Google Chrome, “rideapart.com” is the first option the autocomplete shows. ‘Nuff said.

  • ThinkingInImages

    Best wishes to the Ride Apart team. Excellent motorcycle website that keeps it about motorcycling for all motorcyclists, then motorcycles.

  • Steve Fox

    I just discovered RideApart but I really like your style. Nothing else out there like it. Superb stuff! Great tips and reviews and news etc. I’m telling friends. Merry Christmas you guys!

    • http://www.RideApart.com/ Jen Degtjarewsky

      Thank you!

  • Doug Erickson

    Really enjoy the site: the bikes and the personalities cater to me. There really should be an element of irreverence and rebel spirit to this hobby, where tradition is both appreciated and mocked, and where the established orthodoxies are roundly trolled and left tumbling in the bushes outside the curve. As a year-round urban rider and commuter, I love that you understand that FATTIES SUCK, and that for some of us, the parking lot tango is just as important as a canyon slasher run.
    That said, could you do an UNDERAPPRECIATED BIKES OF 2013 and give top billing to the TU250X — a bulletproof thumper that could get urban hipsters into the hobby if they only KNEW ABOUT IT — and Honda’s sweet little PCX150 scoot, possibly the best deep urban assault vehicle out there? Or whatever. (Other recommendations: Honda’s CB1000R, possibly the most perfectly-tuned naked just WAITING for actual sport touring kit, and Yamaha’s perennial and paleolithic TW200, a staple of WA state’s rural tracks and many a beginner’s indestructable mechanical friend?)
    Anyway, keep up the good work. (Putting the Burgman 650 over a Beamer ‘bucks cruiser for a touring win lit up my office with nerd rage for a week. That’s pure seasonal joy, friends.)

    • Piglet2010

      The Yamaha TW200 is a goofy bike – I suppose that is part of the reason those of us who own them like them so much.

  • phoebegoesvroom

    Happy holidays to you too! RA is definitely the best all-around motorcycle blog there is. Keep up the good work (and how about making articles just one page? Pretty please?)

  • socalutilityrider

    @disqus_FIoQ5MoJkZ:disqus: I love everything this guy said for article ideas. I too am an urban rider that uses the bike to save time during work required city travel and commuting, and Ride Apart is one of the only, if not the only online portal for articles on this type of riding. The amount of time I save by riding a motorcycle around town that allows me to get more done in my business (or just not be in traffic or looking for parking) is at times astounding.

    You guys have the “realness” down and the articles that deal with the realness, on practical bikes, are my favorite. Also, I love it when you guys poke fun at the “established orthodoxies” of motorcycling.

    Please keep up the reviews, I read them all even if it’s not something I would normally jump at. Next, please keep up the stylish gear reviews. I am typing this out after getting home on the bike, coming from meeting clients. I have on Deth Killers “Slim Guy” jeans that are a no-style-compromise moto jean. They are awesome (I also have the new Maple Slim Jeans). I discovered both through this site.

    I think if you keep talking about and promoting stylish gear, more manufacturers would jump in and we could get more of it! I met Sean at the Carlsbad Aerostich event and he had the Akorp jacket on, which was awesome and unlike any jacket I had seen. Read the review soon after on this site. Never would of known about it otherwise.

    Finally, the Burgman as a touring bike. So awesome that you guys did that. Those are awesome, practical, comfortable, affordable machines. Why do you think so many old guys ride them? They’ve been to the circus, and they know what works at the end of the day. I started out on a 250 Honda Reflex and while you do have to have some serious self confidence to be a 6′ 4″ guy and ride a red maxi scooter (even the name is tough to swallow) around, I miss that thing. So easy, fun, and practical.

    Thanks again for all your work on this wonderful site.

    P.S.-have a friend who was a brand new rider and about to buy a harley for the wrong reasons (image and a lifetime of harley marketing). kept sending him articles from this site, hoping we could talk some sense into him. the honest review by the MSF instructor on the new made in India harley helped tip the balance away from that machine, thank god. he’s now looking at used honda nighthawks. I knew we had him when he started sending me links from this site!

  • Piglet2010

    How about adding a Scooter section to the Buyer’s Guide for 2014?

    Scooters >> cruisers.